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Thursday NCAA Notes, Session II: Snyder’s first pin, McKenna/Zacherl rematch

By USA Wrestling, WIN Magazine | March 17, 2016, 10:52 a.m. (ET)

This year, throughout each day, will provide updates from the NCAA Championships, with notes and interesting facts from the event, provided by staff and other journalists covering the event. These notes will be updated throughout the session, so visit often.

Posted at 8:55 p.m.

Iowa State claims a second unseeded semifinalist with Pat Downey knocking off No. 6 seed Jared Haught of Virginia Tech by fall at 197 pounds and Lelund Weatherspoon advancing at 174 pounds.

Posted at 8:42 p.m.

Only two of the top-eight seeds, No. 1 Bo Nickal (Penn State) and No. 7 Cody Walters (Ohio) will wrestle in the 174-pound quarterfinals tomorrow morning. Three of the eight quarterfinalists, Jadaen Bernstein (Navy), Matt Reed (Oklahoma) and Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State) at 174 pounds are unseeded.

Posted at 8:19 p.m.

Undefeated falls! No. 2 seed at 157 pounds, Tommy Gantt of NC State, falls in a 11-8 thriller to No. 15 seed Chad Walsh of Rider. Walsh joins Connor Brennan as the second quarterfinalist for Rider.

Posted at 8:05 p.m.

At 149 lbs. No. 11 seed Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State tops No. 6 seed Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern, 3-2. Tsirtsis won the NCAA Championships in 2014.

Posted at 7:52 p.m.

No. 2 seed at 141 pounds, Joey McKenna survives again. He takes out No. 15 seed Brock Zacherl of Clarion 4-2 in the second round. McKenna and Zacherl wrestled last summer in a best-of-three series for a spot on the U.S. Junior World Team with McKenna also winning.

Posted at 7:43 p.m.

High seeds continue to fall as No. 3 seed Kevin Jack of NC State loses to Bryce Meredith of Wyoming, 5-4, on riding time. Meredith and Jack were teammates at NC State last year before Meredith transferred to Wyoming this season.

Posted at 7:38 p.m.

Joey Dance of Virginia Tech becomes the second No. 2 seed to fall in New York City. David Terao of American pulled the upset, 5-3. Terao defeated two-time NCAA champion Jesse Delgado in the second round of last year’s NCAA championships.

Posted at 7:32 p.m.

Penn State’s Jordan Conaway avenges two losses to Wisconsin’s Ryan Taylor from Big Ten Championships. Final score, 6-5 Conaway.

Posted at 7:22 p.m.

Ryan Millhof (Oklahoma) defeats high school teammate Sean Russell (Edinboro) 1-0 to advance to 125-pound quarterfinals.

Posted at 6:20 p.m.

Snyder gets first pin of the college season - At Wednesday’s NCAA athlete press conference, 2015 World champion and No. 2 heavyweight seed Kyle Snyder of Ohio State noted that he had not yet scored a pin this session. That is no longer the case.

Normally competing at 213 pounds in freestyle, Snyder now runs into bigger, heavier guys at heavyweight. In his first round bout, he drew a larger man, Anthonio Pelusi of Franklin and Marshall. After getting some takedowns, Snyder was able to turn Pelusi and score the pin in 3:34.

Snyder’s pin helped defending NCAA champion Ohio State to a ½ point lead over Penn State after the first session. Ohio State scored bonus points in each of their first-round victories.

Junior World Team Wrestle-off rematch of McKenna vs. Zacherl – Competing in the second round at 141 pounds are No. 2 seed Joey McKenna of Stanford, who No. 15 Brock Zacherl of Clarion. This matchup is a rematch of a Special Wrestle-off between McKenna and Zacherl for a spot on the 2015 Junior World Team at 60 kg/132 lbs.

On June 28, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, in a best-of-three series, McKenna swept Zacherl in two straight matches, with a 10-0 technical fall and a tight 6-4 win.

McKenna, a 2014 Junior World champion, did not enter the 2015 Junior World Team Trials, which was won by Zacherl. McKenna, as a returning UWW Junior World medalist, was able to get an extension on his best-of-three championship series when he qualified for and entered the 2015 U.S. Senior World Team Trials, which was held alongside the Junior World Team Trials. McKenna went to the Junior World Championships in Salvador, Brazil, and was unable to go for another medal after missing weight.

Don’t be surprised if this is a tough match. McKenna needed overtime to edge Zachary Horan of Central Michigan in the first period, winning on the overtime tiebreaker, 2-1. Officials gave Horan a takedown in the closing seconds of regulation during a throw position on the edge, but the call was appealed by Stanford and overturned the takedown call.

Penn won 3 of 4 matches. Two were upsets. Unseeded May Bethea beat 14 seed Austin Mathews of Edinboro at 157 and unseeded Casey Kent beat Zach Epperly of VaTech at 174. Penn's 11 seed Lorenzo Thomas held serve beating unseeded Bubba Scheffel of WVU at 184.

Posted at 3:15 p.m.

At 197 lbs. unseeded Pat Downey continues Iowa State roll with 3-1 upset over No. 11 Phil Wellington of Ohio.

Posted at 3:06 p.m.

Penn State suffers first loss of the tournament as No. 16 Matt McCutcheon falls to Tom Sleigh (Bucknell), 4-3, at 184 lbs.

At 197 lbs. unseeded Shawn Scott (Northern Illinois) upsets No. 9 Reuben Franklin (CSU Bakersfield), 8-5.

Posted at 2:52 p.m.

In a battle of past All-Americans at 184 lbs., No. 6 seed Blake Stauffer (Arizona State) defeats Kenny Courts (Ohio State), 3-2.

No. 3 seed at 184 lbs. Victory Avery (Edinboro) falls to Joe Ariola (Buffalo), 7-5.

Posted at 2:38 p.m.

Madness ensues at 174 lbs. No. 2 seed Brian Realbuto (Cornell) falls to Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State) 7-4, No. 3 seed Blaise Butler (Missouri) falls to Matt Reed (Oklahoma) 16-9 and No. 4 seed Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) falls to Jadaen Bernstein (Navy) 13-8.

Posted at 2:19 p.m.

At 174 lbs. unseeded Casey Kent (Penn) upsets No. 8 Zach Epperly (Virginia Tech), 3-2.

Returning All-American Daniel Neff (Lock Haven) pinned by Victor Lopez (Buckenll) in first round at 149 lbs.

At 174 lbs. No. 13 Alex Meyer (Iowa) upset by unseeded Gordon Wolf (Lehigh), 10-9.

Posted at 1:52 p.m.

At 157 lbs. No. 6 Joe Smith (Oklahoma State) tops unseeded Jake Ryan (Ohio State), 11-9, in sudden victory. Both men are coached by their fathers John Smith and Tom Ryan.

Posted at 1:32 p.m.

At 149 lbs. unseeded Bryant Clagon (Rider) defeats Evan Henderson (North Carolina), 3-1, in battle of past All-Americans.

Posted at 1:18 p.m.

At 141 lbs. No. 2 seed Joey McKenna (Stanford) survives upset bid by Zachary Horan (Central Michigan), 2-1, in TB1. It was also battle of Borelli’s, son Jason at Stanford and dad Tom at CMU.

At 141 lbs. unseeded Logan Everett (Army) defeats No. 10 seed Todd Preston (Harvard), 4-2.

Rutgers, thriving in its second year in the Big Ten sends a gaudy ten wrestlers to the NCAA tourney, including 4 seed Anthony Ashnault at 141. Of course the Scarlet Knights might be benefitting from having Frankie Edgar in the wrestling room.  Edgar, a former UFC champ is next in line to fight Conor MacGregor.

Posted at 12:57 p.m.

At 141 lbs. unseeded Jimmy Gulibon (Penn State) scores a 17-2 technical fall over No. 5 seed Matt Manley (Missouri).

Harvard and Stanford combine to send 9 to NCAA. Six are seeded.

Five-time Fla high school champ and returning All American Rossi Bruno (Michigan), continues his difficult season with an overtime squeaker win over Caleb Richardson of Penn. Bruno comes in with a 14-11 record and did not place at the Big Ten tourney two weeks ago in Iowa.

Posted at 12:46 p.m.

At 133 lbs. top seed Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) defeats Unseeded Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 10-3, in first round. This match was a rematch of the 2016 EIWA Championships finals. Garrett is a three-time NCAA All-American and Beckman a two-time NCAA All-American.

Posted at 12:40 p.m.

At 125 lbs. unseeded Conor Youtsey (Michigan) upends No. 6 seed Eddie Klimara (Oklahoma State), 7-6, in a first round battle of past All-Americans.

Posted at 12:35 p.m.

At 125 lbs. Dalton Macri (Cornell) upsets No. 11 seed Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State), 6-5, in TB2.

Posted at 12:28 p.m.

At 125 lbs. unseeded Sean Russell (Edinboro) upsets No. 12 seed Paul Petrov (Bucknell), 9-8, in TB1.

Posted at 12:15 p.m.

Rossi Bruno of Michigan defeated Caleb Richardson of Pennsylvania, 2-1, in first overtime match of the tournament.

Posted at 12:09 p.m.

First win of the tournament goes to Coleman Hammond of CSU Bakersfield who scored a 18-2 technical fall over Christopher Vassar of Gardner-Webb at 149 pounds.

Posted at 11:52 a.m.

At 141 lbs. #15 Brock Matthew Zacherl (CL) will face Tyler Smith (BU) in the first round. Both were PIAA State Champions! #PAatNCAAs

After getting to the quarterfinals of the NCAA as a soph., Harvard's Todd Preston missed out last year when he injured his shoulder in the conference tourney. At 29-4 he is back hoping to get a shot at 2 seed Joey McKenna of Stanford.

Posted at 11:00 a.m. 

Coaches sons Joe Smith and Jake Ryan to compete in first round–
Bout 84 of the NCAA Championships was a first-round match at 157 pounds between No. 6 seed freshman Joseph Smith of Oklahoma State and unseeded redshirt freshman Jake Ryan of Ohio State. Both grew up as sons of wrestling coaches, as Joseph’s dad is Oklahoma State head coach John Smith and Jake’s father is Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan. This is not the first time a Smith and a Ryan met in the NCAA Championships. Tom Ryan, competing for Iowa, was defeated in the NCAA finals by John’s younger brother Pat Smith of Oklahoma State, an eventual four-time NCAA champion.

At the NCAA coach press conference, the fathers were asked about the pair-up and if they would be in their son’s corner.

John Smith was direct and serious about the match.

“I wish it could have been a different draw, you know. But it is what it is. And I probably won't be in his corner, I don't know. It's kind of like how I feel in the morning or how he feels. Tough match and Joseph knows it's a tough match, so we'll take it from there,” said John Smith.

Tom Ryan made a joke about it.

“The brackets came out and Logan Stieber said to me, wow, your son and Smith's son are going to wrestle. You realize there are six world titles and two Olympic gold medals between the family? (Laughter) So Logan is only good for sly remarks. Obviously their name is synonymous with wrestling. We know the Smiths, their passion for the sport. So we're excited that Jake has the opportunity to compete with Joe. Looking forward to it. (on if he will be in the corner). Depends on when the match comes up, and we've got some great assistants that like to be in this corner as well,” said Ryan.

Senior Blaize Cabell doesn’t travel to NCAAs due to illness –
Senior Blaize Cabell of Northern Iowa, the No. 14 seed at heavyweight, did not travel to the tournament due to illness. He withdrew from the tournament and his first-round opponent, Joseph Goodhart of Drexel, received a medical forfeit and advanced to Thursday night’s second round. “I want people to remember how he competed and what he did for this program,” Schwab said told K.J. Pilcher of the Gazette. Cabell told Pilcher earlier in the year that he was planning to compete in freestyle after his college career.

Five Junior World medalists at heavyweight this year –
The big news at heavyweight earlier this year came when 2015 World champion Kyle Snyder of Ohio State came out of Olympic redshirt to return to college competition for the second semester. Snyder, who was also a Junior World champion and bronze medalist, is joined by four other Junior World medalists in this weight class. The UWW Junior division is for 17-20 year olds. Oregon State’s No. 7 seed, Amarveer Dhesi, was a 2014 Junior World freestyle champion for Canada. No. 5 seed Adam Coon on Michigan, was a 2014 Junior World bronze medalist in both styles. No. 11 seed Sam Stoll of Iowa, was a 2013 Junior World bronze medalist in Greco-Roman. And No. 16 seed Nathan Butler of Stanford was a 2015 Junior World bronze medalist in freestyle. It might be interesting what the final results would be at this weight class if it was contested in freestyle and/or Greco-Roman.